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Rajiv Shah

Dr. Rajiv Shah serves as the 16th Administrator of USAID and leads the efforts of more than 9,600 professionals in 80 missions around the world. Since being sworn in on Dec. 31, 2009, Shah managed the U.S. Government's response to the devastating 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; co-chaired the State Department's first review of American diplomacy and development operations; and now spearheads President Barack Obama's landmark Feed the Future food security initiative. He is also leading “USAID Forward,” an extensive set of reforms to USAID's business model focusing on seven key areas, including procurement, science & technology, and monitoring & evaluation.

Homepage: http://www.usaid.gov/who-we-are/organization/rajiv-shah

Talking with America’s Youth

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to speak with American youth from the White House about the importance of getting involved in international development. Kalpen Modi, the Associate Director of the Office of Public Engagement, invited me to answer questions from a room full of young innovators and the Twitter and Facebook online communities. I […]

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The Korean Peninsula at Night

If you look at a map of the Korean Peninsula at night, you can immediately understand the impact of global development. Darkness covers nearly the entire North, masking a child malnutrition rate of nearly 50 percent and untold stories of individual suffering and poverty.  But over South Korea, you see a country shining with lights, […]

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30 Years of HIV/AIDS: A USAID Historical Perspective

On June 5, 1981, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report reported that five seemingly healthy young gay men were diagnosed with an infection that would typically affect only individuals with substantial damage to their immune system. As similar cases cropped up, national and international attention soared, and the scientific and public health community mobilized to […]

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Responding to Urgent and Long-Term Needs in Sudan

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah at a press conference in Juba on May 7th. Photo Credit: Government of Southern Sudan.

Earlier this month, I visited Sudan, a nation poised to separate in July into two independent states following a peaceful referendum in January that USAID helped carry out. Since my visit, violence has erupted in Abyei, a disputed area on the north-south border, and threatened the fragile peace in the region. Resolving the status of […]

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Working with Diaspora Communities to Deliver Meaningful Results

On Tuesday, I spoke at the Global Diaspora Forum, a gathering at the State Department that brought together representatives from diaspora communities around the world, from Haiti to Tanzania.  I had the opportunity to talk about ways USAID is rebuilding our engagement with diaspora—in areas like philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and volunteerism—under the framework of the Diaspora […]

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Across Asia, Reaching out a Hand in Support of Development

Crossposted from the White House Blog In 1954, South Korea was still reeling from the devastation of the Korean War.  Its economy was poorer than 2/3 of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa and its people had an average life expectancy of 54 years. In that same year, the International Cooperation Association—USAID’s precursor—developed a partnership between […]

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2011 Annual Letter

Fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy wrote a letter to congress that called for the creation of the agency I am now privileged to lead – USAID, the United States Agency for International Development. Having witnessed the devastation the Second World War caused in Europe – and the success the Marshall Plan had in rebuilding it – […]

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Leading Through Civilian Power

The first ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review helps make real the commitment to diplomacy. Read more >>

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USAID Administrator Statement on the Passing of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke

The late Ambassador Holbrooke started his career with USAID in Afghanistan. Photo Credit: U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

A statement from Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah on the passing of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. Read more >>

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In Honor of International Human Rights Day

On International Human Rights Day, we support and honor the global efforts to expand human rights for all. Read more >>

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